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“For Those of Us Forced to Flee”: A Poem by Jane Muschenetz

By Jessica Jacobs

Published Feb 15, 2023



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Yetzirah Featured Poet: Jane Muschenetz

“When you have nothing left to plant, become the seed.”


Congratulations to Ukrainian-born, Russian-speaking Jew, Jane (Yevgenia!) Muschenetz, who was granted asylum in the US as a refugee from the USSR at 10 years old and whose first poetry chapbook is now available from Kelsay Books. In All the Bad Girls Wear Russian Accents, writes Ari Honarvar, Muschenetz has “tapped into the universal diasporic experience and given birth to a collection brimming with treasures.”  


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these books will be donated to organizations supporting Ukrainian refugees.


Learn more about Jane Muschenetz here and follow her on socials @PalmFrondZoo.


Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going (Four Way Books), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen and Goldie Awards, Pelvis with Distance (White Pine Press), winner of the New Mexico Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and Write It! 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire (Spruce Books/ PenguinRand...


Planting roots

"When you have nothing left to plant, become the seed." What does this line mean? Does it hold any meaning to your own personal experience?

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